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Farmers have a lot to deal with this spring, from the personal impacts of social distancing to the effects of the economic downturn on farm prices. The last thing they need is to add flooding into the mix.

Last year’s historic flood along the Missouri River caused unprecedented damage to our levee system. Hundreds of levees still need to be fixed, and improvements to the system will cost billions of dollars and take several years.

Missouri Farm Bureau is serving on Governor Parson’s flood advisory committee to develop recommendations to reduce future floods. We are also actively supporting Senator Blunt’s bill to increase flood protection along the river. We can’t keep managing the river the same way but expect different results.

To the construction teams still working every day to fix levees, the barge workers moving grain and supplies up and down the river, and the local volunteers who maintain flood protection throughout the year, Missouri Farm Bureau thanks YOU for your service.